Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

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Simon & Schuster, Aug 7, 2001 - Social Science - 544 pages
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Drawing on vast new data that reveal Americans’ changing behavior, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures—whether they be PTA, church, or political parties—have disintegrated. Until the publication of this groundbreaking work, no one had so deftly diagnosed the harm that these broken bonds have wreaked on our physical and civic health, nor had anyone exalted their fundamental power in creating a society that is happy, healthy, and safe.

Like defining works from the past, such as The Lonely Crowd and The Affluent Society, and like the works of C. Wright Mills and Betty Friedan, Putnam’s Bowling Alone has identified a central crisis at the heart of our society and suggests what we can do.

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Excellent insights into American society today. - Goodreads
But the writing style induces anguish. - Goodreads
Bowling Alone is a fascinating research endeavor. - Goodreads
Well-researched examination of American community. - Goodreads
The writing is terrible. - Goodreads
Putnam is a competent writer and is very convincing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Andrew Canfield - Goodreads

This is one of my favorite nonfiction books that I've read in the last decade. Although it was published over ten years ago, the observations it makes about fraying community bonds have only become ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ambrose Leung - Goodreads

Lots of good info but a bit dense. Some discussion gets a bit repetitive as well. Read full review



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Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. Nationally honored as a leading humanist and a renowned scientist, he has written fourteen books and has consulted for the last four US Presidents. His research program, the Saguaro Seminar, is dedicated to fostering civic engagement in America. Visit

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